The top 10 most “endangered” baby names are released - is yours here?

These previously common monikers are at risk of going extinct!

When you're naming a baby, most parents-to-be are looking for a name that is recognisable and easy enough to spell but also won't make their child one of five Avas or Harrys in their class.

If you're on the lookout for names that meet this description, don't use Oliver and Olivia, which, according to the UK Office of National Statistics, are still the most popular baby names in UK and Wales.

Other names on the rise in Britain are Mabel, Dua and Hudson, which are all now in the top 100 names. 

Luckily, UK flower service, Flowercard, has crunched the numbers provided by the ONS and found the top 10 baby names - for boys and girls - that are going extinct. This means that they are exactly in the middle ground of familiar yet uncommon.

According to their research, the "most endangered" name is Kirsty, which has seen a 99.2 per cent decrease in use in the last two decades. Only four babies were named Kirsty in 2019.

Girls:

1. Kirsty

2. Jordan

3. Shauna

4. Shannon

5. Courtney

6. Lauren

7. Gemma

8. Jodie

9. Jade

10. Natasha

In a shocking twist, Lauren was one of the most popular names in the year 2000  but has fallen out of favour, along with Courtney, Gemma and Shauna.

For the boys, Mitchell is at the most risk of going extinct, with only 21 babies wearing the handsome moniker last year. The name Kieran saw the steepest decline, dropping from over 2,500 babies in 2000 to only 119 in 2019.

Boys:

1. Mitchell

2. Kieran

3. Ross

4. Brandon

5. Craig

6. Ben

7. Jordan

8. Callum

9. Kyle

10. Scott

As parents veer away from names that feel "retro" or "dated, such as Crag, Ross and Scott, they are turning to names that are actually much older. Noah, Alexander and Theodore topped the charts, as UK parents are turning to old-school classics.

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